Explanation of Types of Public Schools in North Carolina

Note: All of the school types below are public schools, in that they are funded primarily through public tax dollars.

  • Regular School: a public school that students are assigned to attend because they live in the school's attendance area or attendance zone. Such schools are sometimes called “zoned schools,” “neighborhood schools” or “ZIP code schools,” and are normally only open for enrollment to students from a predetermined set of neighborhoods or ZIP codes. Regular schools are by far the most common type of school in the Charlotte area.
  • Charter School: a tuition-free, public school created on the basis of a license or “charter” made with the State Board of Education. Charter schools typically have greater freedom than traditional public schools in personnel policies, curriculum and teaching philosophy. In return, they must make a commitment to meet state standards of accountability. Charter schools are also normally open to students from counties and towns outside of where they are located. Enrollment decisions at charter schools are often lottery-based, with special consideration given to siblings of currently enrolled students.

Student Growth Index Explained

The Student Growth Index of a school is meant to measure how well the school has been growing student learning over time (i.e., years). North Carolina's public schools receive web-based reporting through the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS is meant to offer an objective way to measure student progress and the value schools add to students' educational attainment. EVAAS is a statistical analysis of North Carolina state assessment data, and the system provides NC schools with growth data to consider, in addition to achievement data.

If a school has a Student Growth Index of between -2.0 and 2.0, the school is deemed to have "met growth", (i.e., met its average projected growth target). A school with a Student Growth Index of less than -2.0 is considered to have "not met growth". Finally, a school with an index of greater than 2.0 is deemed to have "exceeded growth".

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Best Elementary Schools in the Myrtle Beach, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Myrtle Beach, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Myrtle Beach, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Myrtle Beach area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Myrtle Beach-area elementary schools including Ocean Bay Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School, Midland Elementary School, and Forestbrook Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success Charter, Bridgewater Academy Charter School, Academy of Hope Charter School,

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Myrtle Beach-area elementary school would be best for any individual child. For schools that are close to one another in rankings, differences in available data are in most cases very small.



Top Elementary Schools in the Myrtle Beach Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Ocean Bay Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
2 Lakewood Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
3 Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success Charter Myrtle Beach, SC Charter K-8
4 Midland Elementary School Galivants Ferry, SC Regular PK-5
5 Forestbrook Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
6 Carolina Forest Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
7 Green Sea Floyds Elementary School Green Sea, SC Regular PK-5
8 Burgess Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
9 Ocean Drive Elementary School North Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
10 St. James Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
11 River Oaks Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
12 Conway Elementary School Conway, SC Regular PK-5
13 Myrtle Beach Intermediate Myrtle Beach, SC Regular 4-5
14 Bridgewater Academy Charter School Myrtle Beach, SC Charter K-8
15 Kingston Elementary School Conway, SC Regular PK-5
16 Seaside Elementary School Garden City, SC Regular PK-5
17 Waterway Elementary School Little River, SC Regular PK-5
18 Aynor Elementary School Aynor, SC Regular PK-5
19 Waccamaw Elementary School Conway, SC Regular PK-5
20 Socastee Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
21 South Conway Elementary School Conway, SC Regular PK-5
22 Palmetto Bays Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular PK-5
23 Riverside Elementary School Little River, SC Regular PK-5
24 Pee Dee Elementary School Conway, SC Regular PK-5
25 Homewood Elementary School Conway, SC Regular PK-5
26 Myrtle Beach Elementary School Myrtle Beach, SC Regular 2-3
27 Loris Elementary School Loris, SC Regular PK-5
28 Daisy Elementary School Loris, SC Regular PK-5
29 Academy of Hope Charter School Conway, SC Charter PK-8

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Myrtle Beach area were created independently by Carolina School Hub. The test data for this site was derived from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and South Carolina Department of Education.

You can click on a specific school name above for more information on elementary school test scores, student data and more.

Elementary Schools in Myrtle Beach SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Myrtle Beach Area

When comparing regular Myrtle Beach-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North and South Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Myrtle Beach Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Myrtle Beach area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: